That’s a Wrap! The Winners of the Cannes Film Festival 2022

That’s a Wrap! The Winners of the Cannes Film Festival 2022
One thing is certain: the 75th Cannes Film Festival was a certifiable hit. With the Covid-19 pandemic dampening the 2021 festival and outright canceling the 2020 festival, this year’s fest roared back to life with an incredible offering of memorable films. The festival’s top honor, the Palme d’or, was awarded to director Ruben Östlund’s Triangle of Sadness, a truly unforgettable satirical (and very graphic) film making a statement on modern-day class and classism. BBC wondered if it was the “most disgusting film” of the year; I can say, as someone who watched the movie, this superlative was earned. Swedish filmmaker Ruben Östlund in 2014. Photo credit: Frankie Fouganthin/ Wikimedia Commons In one horrific scene, we see the passengers of a luxury yacht getting food poisoning in the dining hall. I will cease describing it here and let your imagination fill in the rest of the scene. And whatever you’re imagining, up the “yuck” factor by 10. I’ve never seen anything like it onscreen, and I sincerely hope I don’t ever again. Though the seasickness portrayed – which led to shrieks of disgust from journalists in the audience – was a bit much, the rest of the film was riveting from start to finish. Actor Woody Harrelson as the yacht’s captain was exceptional casting. Late film critic Roger Ebert famously said, “no bad movie is short enough, and no good movie is long enough.” This film was exceptionally long (especially for a comedy), but I barely noticed. The movie was never boring; there were no airy gaps. Triangle of Sadness did what Parasite did at the 2019 Cannes – both films created such a stir, such a “you must see this movie” energy. And those are the kinds of films that make Cannes Film Festival so exciting and so relevant. Triangle of Sadness is “about” two models who have a strained romantic relationship together and with their careers and find themselves on a luxury yacht where everything goes wrong. Director Östlund also won the Palme d’or in 2017 for another satire, The Square.

Lead photo credit : Film still from 'Triangle of Sadness,' which won the Palme d'Or 2022. Credit: Cannes Press Office

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Anne McCarthy is a contributing writer to BBC News, Teen Vogue, The Telegraph, Dance Magazine, and more. She has a Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Westminster and is the Editor in Chief of Fat Tire Tours’ travel blog. She lives in New York City.